Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Whose chest is this anyways???

Statistics show that as many as 75% of us wear the wrong bra size...add to that the fact that your size can change dramatically over the course of prenancy and after the baby is born, and you have some seriously uncomfortable women out there! It is so important to have a well-fitted and comfortable bra at any time, but it is especially important for pregnant and nursing moms. Not only is an improper bra fit uncomfortable, but it can also cause problems once your milk comes in (when the milk glands are compressed, they can become clogged and a very painful infection called mastitis can result). Speaking from first-hand experience, I can tell you that this is NOT something you want to experience if you can avoid it, and a well-fitting bra is one of several key components that help ensure a comfortable post-partum and breastfeeding experience!

If you have questions about breast health during pregnancy or post-partum, speak with your doctor or midwife, or contact your local health department. And once your little bundle of joy has arrived, you may have questions as well. Breastfeeding takes practice, and like any relationship, it takes work (I nursed my daughter for 14 months, so I know how challenging it can be at times)! It can be overwhelming once you have a little bundle in your arms, but it's important to have faith in your body's ability to nourish your baby. It is NOT a sign of weakness to ask questions or seek help...it shows that you are a great parent for wanting to do the best for your child!

For help with breastfeeding, ask your health care provider, local health department, or lactation consultant. For more information and peer support, La Leche League can be a great source of help. Choosing to breastfeed is a great way to provide the best start for your baby...studies have shown that breast milk helps to provide protection against infections, lowers risk for allergies, asthma, and diabetes, and also helps mom to lose pregnancy weight and reduce the chance of developing breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer. Best of all, breastmilk is specially formulated for your baby and his or her specific stage of development (and you don't have to worry about pthalates like BPA leaching into your baby's food from formula containers and plastic baby bottles).
If you have questions about sizing a maternity or nursing bra or tank, feel free to contact me. I have just become a Bravado Certified Fitter, and I look forward to helping pregnant and nursing moms feel their best! I can help you to find just the right fit that will help keep you comfortable and looking your best throughout your pregnancy and beyond! The best way to fit a bra or tank top is in person, but it is possible to fit over the phone as well.
Remember, we're here to "support" you (sorry, couldn't resist a little bra humour there)!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Welcome to Under the Moon Niagara


I hope that you enjoy your time here!

I am a demonstrator for Under the Moon, a fantastic company started by a team of Moms who believe in supporting Canadian products, "mompreneur" businesses and companies that put the planet before profit!

I'm looking forward to helping you find all of the products you need to care for yourself and your family.

Here is just a taste of some of the great items we offer:

  • Cloth diapers, earth-friendly diaper hybrids and chlorine-free disposables and wipes

  • Stylish diaper bags and baby gear

  • Baby carriers, wraps, ring slings and more!

  • Maternity wear and pregnancy support belts, nursing bras and tanks, breastfeeding books and DVDs, pre-natal/post-partum workout balls, and nursing pillows

  • Breast pumps, nursing pads, hydrogel therapy pads and nipple care products

  • Trendy and eco-friendly T-shirts for the whole family!

  • Tons of fashionable options for clothing your babies and children, including droolers and bibs, leg warmers, wearable sleep blankets, shoes and more!

  • Pregnancy and post-partum teas, baby and family skin care products, and herbal/homeopathic remedies

  • Items to pamper that special Mom in your life (or yourself!): beeswax candles; natural massage bars, lip balms and soaps; jewelry; and natural feminine care products

  • BPA-free stainless-steel water bottles

  • Books for everyone in the family, from babies to grandparents!

  • Green cleaning products

  • Creative, battery-free cloth and wooden toys, including dolls and doll accessories, wooden and Waldorf blocks, puzzles, stacking games, mobiles and baby toys, playmats and rugs, and more!

We carry brand names such as:

And so much more!

Our products are environmentally-friendly and of a high quality. That means once your little ones outgrow them, they will still have a high resale value, or will still be in great condition to pass on to family or friends!

As a demonstrator, I can also help you set up a baby shower, mommy party, or help you build up your own collection of baby supplies, toys, books and more! There are lots of ideas for birthday or holiday gifts too! One of the great benefits of Under the Moon is that hostesses receive wonderful discounts as well as free UTM Buck reward dollars, which you can put towards product.

I really believe that these items are high quality, socially and enviromentally responsible, and help to support our economy. I use many of them with my own daughter, and would love to share the benefits of our products with you!

Check back here for updates, events and giveaways, as well as interesting info for parents, grandparents and the whole family!

I look forward to helping to serve you and your family! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments, and welcome to Under the Moon!

Note that the links above are not to our catalogue...that link can be found by clicking on the title of this post!